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Wood and brush diversion programmes are available at the following waste facilities:
Please ensure that large metal pieces, such as rebar, plates and angle iron, are removed from all wood materials (to prevent damage to chipping equipment). After chipping, the materials are used for waste facility projects (such as roadway building) and other Wellington County initiatives. The site attendant will assess material to determine if it is suitable for chipping. Unacceptable materials are landfilled.
Yard waste includes grass, leaves, small hedge or tree branches, garden trimmings, dead plants, etc. Some municipalities may have leaf and yard collection or have a local designated collection area, but SWS does not. With the exception of tree branches which go to the wood bin (see above), yard waste is treated as garbage and disposal fees apply.
Alternatives to landfill
Grasscycling occurs naturally when grass clippings are left on your lawn to decompose. Practise grasscycling to:
save time by not raking or bagging grass clippings
Composting Grass Clippings
Fresh grass clippings are nitrogen-rich "green" compostable material. Dried clippings are carbon rich "brown" compostable material. When adding grass clippings, follow standard composting methods. Add thin layers (no more than 10 cm) of alternating "green" and "brown" materials and top with garden soil or compost. Do not add pernicious weeds (e.g. crabgrass) or weeds in seed to your composter.
store leaves in bags to use in your composter in the winter, spring and summer
start making leaf mould (decayed leaves) from deciduous trees which in about a year's time can be used in your garden or as a top dressing for lawns
Winter, Spring and Summer
Many species of the walnut tree family produce a chemical called juglone that can be toxic to non-tolerant plants and often does not breakdown in a backyard composter.